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Shane Keena

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"Untitled" (Nodusa/blue&yellow), 2011 Earthenware, Layered Slip, Lead Glaze, China Paint
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Strongylocentrotus (crawl), 2013 Multi-fired Earthenware, Crawling Glaze 25x25x9
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"Bumblebarra" (Ibara/thorny) FISHEYE VIEW, 2011 Multi-fired Earthenware 21" Long
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Turcosa Peganeus, 2012 Multi-fired Earthenware, China Paint 12x12.5x6
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Nodusa (crawl), 2012 Multi-fired Earthenware, Crawling Glaze 16x16x8.5
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Strongylocentrotus, 2012 Multi-fired Earthenware, Marbled Luster, China Paint
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Double horned ibara (wall sculpture, fish eye view), 2012 Multi-fired Earthenware, Slip-trailed and Hand-built Spines. Horns Cast From Culled Mountiain Goat (not by Me!), Satin Glaze With Crawling Glaze Fired Over to C/04. 2012 30"x18"
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Tri-Amethystinus Flavidus, 2012 Multi-fired Earthenware, Chameleon Color Changing Automotive Paint 33" Diameter
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3/4 shot of a "Strongylocentrotus" with color changing automotive paint., 2011 Ceramic, Mixed Media 26' Diameter
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Agave Neomexicana, 2011 RC Silver Print 20"x13" Unframed
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Decay I, 2011 RC Silver Print 20.5"x13" Unframed
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Decay II, 2011 RC Silver Print 16"x16"
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"Nodusa Cinnamomeus" , 2011 Multi-fired Earthenware, Marbled Luster, Mixed Media 18" Round
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Marmoratus Viridulus Tri-lobe, 2011 Multi-fired Earthenware, Marbled Luster, Mixed Media 6" H X 18" W X 18" D
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"Marmoratus Viridulus Tri-lobe" DETAIL OF OPENING, 2011 Multi-fired Earthenware, Marbled Luster, Mixed Media 6" H X 18" W X 18" D
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Nodusa Ictericus, 2011 Earthenware, Lead Glaze, Marbled Luster 13"x5.5"
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"Crrawl" (variation #3), 2011 Multi-fired Earthenware, Mixed Media 13" X 36"
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"Nodusa Marmoratus" (marbled), 2011 Earthenware, Marbled Luster, China Paint
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"Ibara" (thorny), 2009 Earthenware, Marbled Luster, China Paint 16" Long © Tony Cunha
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Ibara III , 2010 Multi-fred Eartheware, Luster, China Paint, Mixed Media 18" Long (wall Form) © Tony Cunha
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Nodusa III DETAIL OF OPENING, 2010 Multi-fired Earthenware, Luster, China Paint, Mixed Media © Tony Cunha
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"Strongylocentrotus" (ball of spines/DanZilla), 2010 Earthenware, Luster, Chameleon Color Shifting Automotive Paint 24" Diameter © Tony Cunha
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"Strongylocentrotus" (ball of spines/DanZilla) DETAIL OF OPENING, 2010 Earthenware, Luster, Chameleon Color Shifting Automotive Paint 24" Diameter © Tony Cunha
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"Nodusa", 2010 Earthenware, Marbled Luster, Mixed Media 6.5"x12"x12" © Tony Cunha
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"Nodusa" DETAIL OF OPENING, 2010 Earthenware, Marbled Luster, Mixed Media 6.5"x12"x12" © Tony Cunha
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"Strongylocentrotus" (ball of spines), 2007 Multi-fired Earthenware, Luster 24"x24"x16" © Tony Cunha
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"Strongylocentrotus" (ball of spines) DETAIL OF OPENING, 2007 Multi-fired Earthenware, Luster
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"Nodusa", 2010 Multi-fired Earthenware, Luster, China Paint © Tony Cunha
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"Nodusa" DETAIL OF OPENING, 2010 Multi-fired Earthenware, Luster, China Paint © Tony Cunha
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"Nodusa III", 2010 Multi-fired Earthenware, Luster, China Paint © Tony Cunha
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"Nodusa III" DETAIL OF OPENING, 2010 Multi-fired Earthenware, Luster, China Paint © Tony Cunha
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"Strongylocentrotus" (ball of spines), 2007 Ceramic
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CSUN Visiting artist flyer , 2010
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"Parastichopus californicus Cup", 2010 Earthenware, Luster, China Paint, Mixed Media. © Tony Cunha
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"Parastichopus Californicus Cup", 2010 Multi-fired Earthenware, Luster, China Paint, Mixed Media © Tony Cunha
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"Marmoratus Cup" (marbled), 2009 Multi-fired Earthenware, Luster, China Paint, and Mixed Media © Tony Cunha
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"Marmoratus Cup" (marbled) DETAIL OF OPENING, 2009 Multi-fired Earthenware, Luster, China Paint © Tony Cunha
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"Strongylocentrotus" (Crawl), 2010 Multi-fired Earthenware © Tony Cunha
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"Strongylocentrotus" (Crawl), 2010 Multi-fired Earthenware © Tony Cunha
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"Diadema", 2010 Earthenware, Mixed Media
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"Ibo II" (warty), 2009 Multi-fired Ceramic, Lead Glaze.
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"Crawl" DETAIL Multi-fired Earthenware
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"Crawl", 2007 Cermic, Mixed Media
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"Marmoratus Nudicup" (marbled), 2008 Ceramic, Mixed Media
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"Marmoratus Nudicup" detail of opening, 2008 Ceramic, Luster, Mixed Media
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"Strongylocentrotus" (ball of spines), 2007 Ceramic 24"x24"x16"
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"Ibo" (warty) fish eye view of wall sculpture, 2004 Ceramic
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"Strongylocentrotus" (ball of spines), 2007 Ceramic
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"Strongylocentrotus" DETAIL OF INTERIOR, 2007 Ceramic
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"Strongylocentrotus" (ball of spines) wall form, 2007 Ceramic 25"x25"x8"
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"Strongylocentrotus" detail, 2007 Ceramic
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"Kwàak năam", 2008 Ceramic, Luster
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"Kwàak năam" Detail, 2008 Ceramic, Luster
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"Strongylocentrotus" (Crawly), 2007 Ceramic 24"x24"x16"
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"Ascidian", 2005 Ceramic
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"Ceramics Monthly" Emerging Artists, 2006
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Write up for the Rochester D&C review "Four Artists/Four Media" Keena clipping
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"Strongylocentrotus", 2008 Ceramic
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"Strongylocentrotus" DETAIL of opening
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"Strongylocentrotus/DanZilla" (Ball of spines), 2009 Ceramic, Color Shifting Automotive Paint
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Quick Facts
Birth year
1972
Lives in
Redlands, CA.
Works in
Redlands, CA.
Schools
Rochester institute of Technology School for American Crafts., 2004, MFA
Otis College of Art and Design, 1999, BFA
Golden West Community College, 95, Transfer
Representing galleries
Armstrong Gallery, CA. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ojai, CA. Cavin-Morris Gallery, NY., Pomona, CHELSEA
Tags
clay, ceramic, vessel, pottery abstract, sculpture
Statement

 

Shane M. Keena

 

Shane M. Keena

Having grown up near the ocean, I spent a considerable portion of my later childhood exploring the shallow tide pools of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. My recollection of discovering various life-forms occupying these shallow tidal regions, along with being an avid scuba diver for over twenty years has had a direct influence on my work. However, while many of the diverse marine forms are sources of visual and formal influence, I also draw inspiration from sources ranging from microscopic images of pollen to the exotic durian and jackfruits of Southeast Asia. Inspired by the work of Ernst Haeckel, his 1904 book of drawings, Kunstformen der Natur/Art Forms of Nature has served as a visual thesaurus for my work over the years.

I am a guarded person by nature, prickly on the outside but deeply vulnerable on the inside. The objects I create are the by-products of trying life experiences; long and personal investigations of an abusive childhood and recently, the death of my mother. After a long and brutal battle with cancer, her passing devastated me and only recently have I been able to truly accept the reality of her permanent absence. During the last six months of her life, I also became a first time father of a little girl. The overlap of these two life changing events ramped up the aggressiveness of the work, and having a daughter heightened the protective lens I now view life through. The primal need to protect my little girl, along with coming to grips with the loss of my mother began to resonate within my art. While my art has always been cantankerous, the openings began to recede deeper into the vessel, becoming more protected with more and more “sub-interiors” protecting the visceral “soft spot”. The parallel between the experiences of life and death began to blur into each-other within the context of my work.

With the natural world as my muse and the vessel as my vehicle, my ceramic sculptures are the creative articulation of these formative experiences and echo the characteristics of my guarded personality. Formally, my work reflects a keen interest in structural defense mechanisms found in nature, and my forms swell with bravado, often adopting aggressively inflated or recoiling postures in a fight-or-flight state, always protecting the vulnerable, gutty interiors.  I aim to create enigmatic and uncategorized art-forms that seductively lure the viewer in only to physically deny and repel if clumsily prodded. My agenda is not to recreate what already exists in the world, but rather to create objects that are hybrids; the result of a blending of ideas begging the question; "is it animal, mineral, or vegetable?" Through this fusion, I aim for my work to come to life within arm's reach, where eyesight blurs into touch.

Combined with exteriors that flaunt thousands of dazzling lustered spines or noxious and toxic encrusted skins, I weave a vibrant electric warning palette into my sculptures through a marriage of color and form. By juxtaposing the semiotics of these brilliant and alarming colors in combination with spiny physical defense barriers, I stress the presence of my guarded nature within the work.  At the end of the day, my artwork is the manifestation of my exploration of the self and the investigation of territoriality, defense mechanisms, and most importantly, vulnerability.